Grateful Dead Live at McNichols Sports Arena on 1994-11-29
AUD(Schoeps MK4)>DAT>CD; via Paul B; Seeded to etree by neo_levo
Subject: So sad to hear
Regardless, listening to this just makes me glad I saved my money those last years.
Really painful to hear and so happy I'm old enough to have enjoyed Dead shows in 70's & 80's
Subject: This show made me believe (again)
Subject: Out In The Cold
Subject: front row center
...anyway jer came back out for Set II and dropped a bright and powerful iko replete with the idiot boy line...there are a few serious highspots from this show but the one that you can't hear that i got to see was when jer steered the band into the baba...this was the only time i ever got to see jer put up his right arm and wave everyone off-you can hear the 45 seconds of quieter playing after the ujb and before the baba where the boyz are in the dead zone and jer steers it into a rocking teenage wasteland...lots of eye contact with vinnie and bang into the opening keyboard line's of baba...
anyway a super tight night filled with soulful versions of all your favorite jerry ballads...peggy-o, so many roads, stella blue, and it's all over now baby blue(get in yer vw bug and get yer ass back to boulder, kid)...the next two nights in denver were fun and i remember floating around mcnichols during a hot terrapin, but this denver run was all about 11-29-94...a great night to be young and high and in the front row to see the f%$@in' grateful dead.
Subject: there was madness in the air
The two highlights for me though are the first set So MAny Roads which is beautiful. But the madness peaked its minagerie in the Playin with your Mind.
The recording is much like the show decent for the time.
Best show of 1994? Sorry Uffel, but I highly disagree. I think most folks that attended a lot of 94 shows, and who have listened to their fair share of 94 would also agree. I am not saying you are wrong, but if you want what I think is great 94, try: 3-16-94, 3-21-94, 3-27-94, 3-25-94, 10-5-94, 10-15-94, 6-13-94, 7-3-94, just to name a handful.
Subject: The "SMR" project
Subject: Had to wash out my ears
Subject: My #1 best show.
I dropped one at my friends apt, and we went to the show.
I dropped the other in the lot.
This was the first show since '92 that me & my friends were all together and we were having a hugely good time.
The first set was nice, I remember it being especially clear... but that's all I really remember.
Then "It" happened.
I went into the bathroom (suprisingly no line) and changed into this crazy clown-thing costume. (Picture long flowing multi-colored full-length smock) and a red clown wig... complete with flashing red nose.
My friends said I was a walking trail. :~)
The second set opened up with a vengence and kept getting better. Seems like every other note I thought a Stephen was on the way. (side note here... they sound checked it at the very next venue.
Highlight... A void (black hole?) open up over the stage at the start of Baba>Tomorrow and stayed into Drumz. Huge show.
I think the best way to say it is that it was one of those "Life & Death" kind of shows... ala 10-31-91 though not quite as good as that one.
Bang for the buck here.
Subject: Cool show!
Subject: 3 Cold Nights
I refuse to listen to the middle show because it was the worst I had ever seen or heard. Jerry was light hearted by the third night of problems and just had fun with it. Jerry laughing at his own mistake on Brokedown Palace was great and its also the last time I ever saw him....
Fare you well....thank you for all the years
We really do miss you.
Subject: Tomorrow Never Knows
The Aiko>Playin>UJB>Baba>TNK>Drums is very nice, but imagine if TNK was regularly used in this type of fashion rather than only on this night. With that said, there's a million 'what if' scenarios we all can dream of when evaluating the band beyond description.
Suffice to say, this show was and is probably underrated, not only due to the pre-drums UJB>Baba>TNK, but the Aiko is vocally spirited and the Playin is crisp. First set openings of Jack Straw>Peggy-O remind me of suns setting to stage right at Deer Creek (ok, Stranger>Peggy-O at Deer Creek is probably more accurate), and a So Many Roads, well-played Stella, and rare mid-90s Baby Blue thrown in for good measure. Don't shy away, add this one to the collection...McNichols shows are always solid.
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